The strikes slowed down when the pandemic hit. There are now signs that the picket lines are bouncing back amid fresh activist anger.
- What’s new: Production halts at Kellogg’s cereal plants across the US after 1,400 workers left for work In a bid for better profits (and worry about job outsourcing).
- The last time there was a strike by grain workers on the company was about 50 years ago.
Also this week: hollywood production worker signed off To authorize a strike on better labor conditions and higher wages.
- There is no strike now But this move – the first in its 128-year history – means they can call at any time.
big picture: Workers are harder to come by, possibly giving employees more benefits for the demands. This may be one reason why strikes are well below pre-pandemic levels.
- Still, employers aren’t bowing all the way, creating enough impasse to strike in the first place.
what to watch: From Hollywood studios to factories, a halt to work could threaten America’s recovery – already stricken by a shortage of goods.
- “My guess is that Kellogg’s will try to bring in outside workers to start some of our lines to keep food in its network,” says Daniel Osborne, a maintenance planner at the Kellogg’s Omaha, Nebraska, plant, adding that it’s difficult for the company. It is possible . (That worker lacks again.)
- Osborne is the local chief of the national union behind the week-long strike nabisco factorywhich ended last month.